Thursday, December 31, 2020

Skyline Amateur Radio Club Hamfest, scheduled for 1/9/2021 is cancelled

 From Andy; KB2LUV

Just letting you know that the Hamfest scheduled for January 9th, 2021 in Marathon NY has been cancelled. Although we notified the ARRL, it is in the December QST as happening; which is not the case.  

We hope conditions will be favorable for our summer hamfest on June 12th at the Cortland County Fairgrounds, and that we will see you there!

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Andrew Slaugh KB2LUV

Secretary, Skyline Amateur Radio Club

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Winter Field Day - 2021


As winter weather starts to arrive in Upstate NY, its time to start thinking about Winter Field Day! This can be a fun opportunity to make some contacts from inside or out. Winter Field Day, sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA), will take place over the January 28-29 weekend. The event’s stated purpose is to encourage emergency operating preparedness in the winter, but it’s also an excuse to get out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors. 

“Don’t let those winter doldrums keep you locked up in the house,” the WFDA says. “Get out and play some radio!” The WFDA said it believes that maintaining operating skills should not be limited to fair-weather scenarios.The event is not restricted to North America. All Amateur Radio operators around the world are invited to participate, and there are three entry categories — indoor, outdoor, and home.

More info at:

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Sunspot Cycle 25 - best ever?

 Story from the Science Daily:

"Official" NASA prediction
According to a new article published in Solar Physics, a team of scientists led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is predicting that the Sunspot Cycle that started this fall could be one of the strongest since record-keeping began. This contradicts the "official" NASA prediction which forecasts a fairly weak cycle, much like Cycle 24.

The article points out the evolving science and new studies that look to better understand the sunspot cycle. "Scientists have struggled to predict both the length and the strength of sunspot cycles because we lack a fundamental understanding of the mechanism that drives the cycle," said NCAR Deputy Director Scott McIntosh, a solar physicist who led the study. "If our forecast proves correct, we will have evidence that our framework for understanding the Sun's internal magnetic machine is on the right path.

Things could be looking up for those of us who enjoy the fruits of a more active sunspot cycles for enhancing our amateur communications. Read more about these new predictions below.

Link to the Science Daily article:

NASA's Cycle 25 official prediction:

Saturday, December 12, 2020

MARS civilian volunteers stand ready for emergencies in Syracuse

Very interesting article on the DVIDs web site explaining the MARS program at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse NY.

The article shares stories of several area Hams and also that the Syracuse MARS team is one of the most active in New York state.

The Military Auxiliary Radio System is run by the Air Force and Army, and manned by civilian amateur radio operators who donate their time and talents to maintaining an emergency short-wave radio communications system to back up traditional communications network

According to Master Sgt. Linda Walker, 174th Radio and Spectrum Non-Commissioned Officer, hosting the MARS station is beneficial to the 174th Attack Wing because they will be able to provide communication in any type of emergencies including nuclear attacks and natural disasters.

“We’d be happy to train up anybody on how to use the equipment,” said Bridges. “If there was enough interest, we’d even teach classes for people to get their amateur radio license.

If interested in joining a USAF MARS team, contact their hotline at (888)778-6277(MARS) or send an email to

Read the full article:

Saturday, December 5, 2020